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sabcNews24 reports that employees at the financially ailing SA Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) believe that the company's decision to go ahead with retrenchments was neither in the interests of the public broadcaster nor its workers.  

They do not understand why they are the victims of bad leadership and a historically imbalanced structure of employment at the SABC.  The SABC recently announced that it planned to lay off almost a thousand of its permanent workers, and at least 1,200 freelancers.  That announcement was not welcomed by many, including affected unions and the Communications Ministry.  The broadcaster also indicated that by March 2019, it would not have enough money to pay salaries.  According to employees who spoke up, that there was now low staff morale, and most employees were stressed and not working at their optimum.  "We are looking for jobs, hoping for the best and to be employed elsewhere before Day Zero comes," one journalist said.  The Communication Workers Union (CWU) and the Broadcasting, Electronic, Media & Allied Workers’ Union (Bemawu) said that they were consulting with workers and contemplating a shutdown and a later strike to force the SABC to find alternative ways of cutting costs.

  • Read the full original report by Pelane Phakgadi at News24

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